All-American Jovi July 01, 2008 |
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The All-American Rejects are forging ahead with the follow-up to “Move Along,” the Stillwater natives’ double-platinum seller from 2005.
AAR’s Nick Wheeler tells Billboard that the band is so mired in the new record that it has forced cancellation of a number of scheduled gigs. Even so, he... Read More
DVD Review: “Persepolis” July 01, 2008 Rating: 91 Few graphic novels make the transition from the page to the screen that Marjane Satrapi’s “Persepolis” achieves — usually, either the imagery gets distorted or the story doesn’t survive the revision process. Because Satrapi co-directed “Persepolis,” her story of frustrated... Read More
Random 10 for July 1, 2008 July 01, 2008 1. Stan Getz, “Bim Bom” 2. They Might Be Giants, “Particle Man” Long before John Flansburgh and John Linnell reinvented themselves as troubadours for children, their stream-of-consciousness wordplay had something that spoke to kids — hence this take from Tiny Toons. 3. The Squirrel Nut... Read More
“Crazy Love”: Stranger Than Fiction July 01, 2008 One of my absolute favorite documentaries from 2007, “Crazy Love,” appears headed for the perilous terrain of fiction film. The doc, which detailed the stranger-than-fiction 1950s-era romance between a Bronx beauty and the creepy attorney who blinded her with lye, is being refashioned as a... Read More
Music Review: Sam Phillips, “Don’t Do Anything” (Nonesuch) June 30, 2008 Rating: 84 Two decades after abdicating her Contemporary Christian career as Leslie Phillips to become a high priestess of alternative pop, Sam Phillips still mesmerizes with melodic beauty and lyrical bite. As the female equivalent to Elvis Costello, Phillips can lacerate with her words while those honeyed... Read More
Pixar: The Winning Streak Continues June 30, 2008 It was a banner weekend for summer movies. Pixar’s latest, “Wall-E,” took home the box-office honors, earning nearly $63 million in its first three days, tying 2001′s ”Monsters Inc” for the studio’s third all-time best opening. Coming in a respectable second was “Wanted,” a hypercaffeinated... Read More
A Little Sex June 30, 2008 Lest we let an unsung hero skate by unsung, I offer a hearty thanks to U.S. District Judge Philip Gutierrez, who last Friday granted a temporary restraining order against TMZ for posting a sex tape starring “Mini-Me” himself, Verne Troyer. Gutierrez, perhaps sensing the chilling effect that such an... Read More
Random 10 for June 30, 2008 June 30, 2008 1. Jackie DeShannon, “Bette Davis Eyes” 2. Mott the Hoople, “Hymn for the Dudes” 3. Hank Williams, “A Mansion on the Hill” 4. Patton Oswalt, “Here We Go” 5. Guster, “C’mon” 6. Wilco, “Heavy Metal Drummer” This clip, from the Wilco documentary, “I Am Trying to Break Your... Read More
Rose Goes Gonzo With Wenner, Carter and Gibney June 27, 2008 Charlie Rose leads a discussion of Hunter S. Thompson with Jann Wenner, Graydon Carter and Alex Gibney, the great documentary director (“Taxi To the Dark Side,” “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room”) who helmed “Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson.” As Idolator points out, Rose drops... Read More
Video of the Day: The Death Set, “Around the World” June 27, 2008 From Baltimore, the center of the nerdcore universe, comes puppets with exploding heads and anthropomorphic tigers shooting lightning from their eyes. Yay! Courtesy: Pitchfork. Read More
Random 10 for June 27, 2008 June 27, 2008 1. Maria Taylor, “A Good Start.” The former half of Azure Ray continues to make exquisite saddo music on her latest, Lynn Teeter Flower. Like many artists in the listenable quadrant of indie pop, she’s benefitted greatly from the patronage of Alexandra Patsavas. 2. Beck, “Movie Theme.” 3.... Read More
A Special Announcement June 27, 2008 Chase McInerney Starting on Monday, I’ll be taking vacation, but Staticblog will be kept alive and fit through the fine, diligent, perfect-posture typing of comments section master scribe Chase McInerney. McInerney and I met when we were both members of the Hollywood Foreign Press, covering... Read More
Movie Review: “Mongol” June 27, 2008 Tadanobu Asano in “Mongol.” Rating: 81 Never assume that historical dramas must be dry and ponderous — Sergei Bodrov’s “Mongol” is a thrilling, blood-and-guts action film about the early life of Genghis Khan. Between the awe-inspiring imagery and nearly endless series of power... Read More
Guestroom Records Sales Chart, June 13-20, 2008 June 26, 2008 1. Coldplay “Viva La Vida” (Capitol) 2. Fleet Foxes “Fleet Foxes” (Sub Pop) 3. Wolf Parade “At Mount Zoomer” (Sub Pop) 4. The Cool Kids “The Bake Sale” (Chocolate Industries) 5. My Morning Jacket “Evil Urges” (ATO) 6. Centro-Matic/South San Gabriel “Dual... Read More
Video of the Day: The Fiery Furnaces, “Duplexes of the Dead” June 26, 2008 The Fiery Furnaces almost always fight against pure accessibility, and on some collections such as the concept disc Rehearsing My Choir, an understandably heartfelt song cycle about the Friedbergers’ grandmother, it simply went over the brink and into the abyss. Last year’s Widow City, which featured... Read More
Random 10 for June 26, 2008 June 26, 2008 1. The New Pornographers, “Myriad Harbour.” A great and possibly the greatest Dan Bejar song by the Neo Pornos, and a spectacular hard-line animation to boot — looks like the ’70s Saturday morning work of Filmmation, only far cooler. 2. Mew, “The Zookeeper’s Boy.” 3. Hot Chip, “Bendable... Read More
There Are Mash-Ups, and Then There Are Mash-Ups June 26, 2008 mog.comMore about this songShare Via Idolator, here is a bizarre curio for your consumption: "Love Will Tear Us Together" by The Captain & Tenielle feat. Joy Division. Read More
Video of the Day: Broken Social Scene, “Fire Eye’d Boy” June 25, 2008 Our favorite Canadian supergroup that isn’t the New Pornographers show who the real gym class heroes are. Read More
Music Review: Albert Hammond Jr., “Como Te Llama” June 25, 2008 Rating: 87 The Strokes make noise that evokes the rush of subways and Lower East Side kicks, but when guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. goes it alone, he sounds about 3,000 miles away. Hammond grew up in Southern California, where his ‘70s singer-songwriter father famously sang it “never rains,” and his... Read More
Video of the Day: Sunny Day Sets Fire, “Smallest Heart on Earth” June 24, 2008 Careful with that axe, Eugenia! Read More
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